How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

In this tutorial I will show you how to install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15.5, I will be using Latest 64 bit Live ISO (14GB) for this tutorial, you can get Latest Live ISO from their website.

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Instructions

Initial Settings

Create a new virtual machine as choose Custom Mode, you can also choose Typical but I am using Custom in this tutorial

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Select the correct Installer disc image file path

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Choose Linux as Guest operating system (obviously), and choose Other Linux 5.x or later kernel 64-bit since BlackArch Linux uses Linux kernel 5 and above

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Choose the setting below according to your system specifications or you can use what I am using

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

After this choose Recommended Settings for I/O Controller Types and Virtual Disk Type, for me recommended settings were LSI Logic and SCSI

Disk Settings

Create a New Virtual Disk

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Select an appropriate Maximum disk size according to your needs, I am using 50GB for this tutorial

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Installation

It's time to boot the VM, if everything was successful and your system support VMs properly you will see this, select first option

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15
Default Username : root
Default Password : blackarch
How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Default Desktop Environment is set to Fluxbox, Right click to open menu and choose a terminal

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15
# Launch blackarch-install
blackarch-install

Choose option 2 since we are using a Live ISO

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

You can either set Locale and Keymap or you can use defaults

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Set hostname of your choice, I used blackarch, after that select correct hard drive, since we are installing this in a VM we don't need dual boot, so choose NO after selecting hard disk

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Since it's a fresh installation we will have to make partitions, I will be creating root and boot partitions and not swap, you can create swap similarly if you want to

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Select New and set Partition size to 500MB, set it as primary

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Now select Bootable as shown and this will become our boot partition

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Now select free space and set partition size to remaining space, in my case it's 49.5GB after this is done select Write and type yes to confirm and then finally select Quit

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

Now we have to set are partitions correctly, the smaller 500MB partition was our boot partition and it's label was /dev/sda1 and our large partition was root and it's label was /dev/sda2 and I did not create swap so I will leave the option empty as it says

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

confirm that our partition table is correct by typing y and then confirm to format partitions by again typing y, after confirmation you will land on something similar to this

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

wait for sometime and grab more than one coffee because this step takes time :P, after it's over you will be asked to set password for root and if you want to create a normal user account, I did not create a user account for this tutorial

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

set a timezone or use default, you can change these after installation is complete, after that you will see this...

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

REBOOT!!!

How to Install BlackArch Linux in VMWare Workstation 15

And that's it, BlackArch Linux Installed Successfully.